One of my favorite series of books is the "First North American Series" by Kathleen and Michael Gear. These are well researched books, much of which is based on archaeological discoveries, then the story beefed out from there. Both authors are well known in the field of archaeology and anthropolgy and use their knowledge to weave great tales.
Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is intense effort applied toward a meaningful end. Dr. Thomas Dooley